April 23, 2010
A judge says he shouldn't have ordered the shutdown of a website that criticized Norfolk Vice Mayor Anthony Burfoot.
Circuit Court Judge Charles E. Poston reversed his decision Thursday, one day after he ordered the shutdown of the May4thcounts.com website.
Poston's original order came in a lawsuit filed by Burfoot claiming several sections of the website were false. Burfoot is running for re-election.
Poston wrote in Thursday's decision that public officials must prove malicious intent in published material. Without additional information, he said he couldn't find actual malice in the website's material.
Burfoot says he'll pursue the case after the election.
The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.
As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
powered by Disqus